France imposes new lockdown to curb virus spread

France imposes new lockdown to curb virus spread

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a second nationwide lockdown from midnight Thursday until Dec. 1. He said schools would remain open, but cafes, restaurants and bars, will be closed.

“France has been overpowered by a second wave,” Macron said. “Nothing is more important than human life.”

France reported 288 new virus-related deaths in hospitals in 24 hours Tuesday and 235 deaths in nursing homes over the previous four days.

The World Health Organization says the European region accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week. Europe has seen more than 250,000 virus-related deaths since the start of the outbreak, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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